Photo: Tablas Creek Vineyard
Several California wineries are cranking out red Rhône varietals that are as good, if not better, than their French counterparts. A red Rhône varietal means that the wine contains grape varieties traditionally grown in Southern France's Rhône river valley, such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. (There are also white Rhône varietals which we will explore in a future post.).
Complex, and lighter-in-body, red Rhône varietals are perfect for the early days of summer when you're not quite ready to sip a chilled white. To pair with these wines, look to spring and early-summer vegetables, or grilled, lightly seasoned fish.
We recently sampled from a six-pack of red Rhone varietals available from Brixr for a fairly low price ($25) considering the retail prices on each wine. Arriving in a flat cardboard box (smaller than a shoebox) a few ounces of each wine rest inside a test-tube sized glass bottle with a screwcap.
After the jump, find our notes from a recent tasting of the Brixr Rhone Ispired Tasting Pack.